May 2022: "Reach for the Stars" Space Theme
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Pretend Play Spaceship Stickers
Build a Story Cards: Space Quest
This resource from Barefoot Books is so versatile! The images are engaging for little ones but also real-enough looking to not feel babyish for older students. The deck of cards is color-coded into characters, setting, and objects. Target narrative language, vocabulary, WH questions, and more!
Focus on vocabulary by giving students a target word to use in a sentence. Target your narrative language goals by focusing on sequencing or story grammar elements.
Space Play Mat
with Core & Fringe Space Vocabulary Board
An open-ended picture scene is the perfect material for the too-busy-to-plan-10-sessions-a-day SLP! Use this material with all your groups. Quickly print out images that go with your targets or use a dry erase marker to draw people and objects, and you have an easy-peasy activity to add to your lesson. Some ideas for targets include: following directions, grammar, asking and answering questions, inferencing, conversation, and more!
Using real or printed pictures of objects, target following directions by having the student moving the items around based on what you say. Step it up a level by using a short story and having the students move the items around to match what they hear.
Target asking and answering questions, and simple grammatical structures by talking about what you see, where items are located, and who is doing what. Target inferencing by talking about why something is happening.
Narrative language is a great target for open-ended picture scenes. Lay out all the objects or pictures you printed and let the students make up a story that includes characters, setting, events, problem, and solution. Incorporate conversation by encouraging the students to work cooperatively to create the story.
"Raccoon on the Moon" Book
Raccoon to the Moon is the perfect story companion to the items in this month's cube! The main character, Raccoon, uses his imaginative play skills to blast off to the moon during recess. Theme-related books are a great addition to your therapy plans, as they help build background knowledge, increase vocabulary exposure, and encourage critical thinking.
And, back to your Space Play Mat included in this month's cube - use images that go with this cute story to facilitate story recall, following directions, and answering questions.
This month's @thesparkinnovations Sequencing Cards set is "Painting a Room". It was the closest we could get to a space theme - I mean, you COULD technically paint a space scene in your bedroom! Or throw some glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling! This is a good set for working on past tense -ed (sounds like "ed") in "painted".
/SP/ Self-Monitoring Strips
Make sure you have this /SP/ self monitoring visual by @thebusyspeechmom handy throughout your space-themed weeks! There will be so many opportunities to practice the sp-blends!
Also included this month are glow in the dark stars! Use these as reinforcers and add to the play mat - or scatter them around the room - and turn off the lights. My students loved to see them glow!